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MM Composition



The Master of Music in Composition is designed for students wishing to further develop their skills and knowledge in the area of music composition. Graduates with a major in Composition pursue careers as professional free-lance composers/ arrangers, serve as adjunct instructors in regional and community colleges, and/or continue study in a doctoral program leading to a university teaching position.

Coursework is required in applied composition, composition seminar, compositional analysis, and theory pedagogy. Supporting courses in music include research, history, ensemble participation, and theory.

Composition majors are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations. The culminating project for the MM in composition includes a 50-minute chamber recital of original compositions as well as a recital paper.

For further information on our various graduate programs, contact Dr. Kris Elsberry, Director of Graduate Studies (615-460-8111).

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